Washington, D.C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 1, 2017
W. P. Carey Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 492-1100
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 5.02 – Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On November 1, 2017, the Board of Directors of W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Mr. Jason E. Fox, the Company’s President, to succeed Mr. Mark J. DeCesaris as Chief Executive Officer and as a Director, both effective as of January 1, 2018. Mr. DeCesaris intends to retire from his positions as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company, effective as of December 31, 2017.

Upon commencement of his new duties on January 1, 2018, Mr. Fox will be stepping down as President of the Company. Mr. John J. Park, the Company’s Director of Strategy and Capital Markets, will succeed Mr. Fox as President on that same date.

Mr. Fox, age 44, has served as the Company’s President since 2015 and previously served in various capacities in its Investment Department, including as the Company’s Head of Global Investments, since joining the Company in 2002. Mr. Park, age 53, has served as the Company’s Director of Strategy and Capital Markets since March 2016, after serving in various capacities since joining the Company as an investment analyst in 1987.

On November 3, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. DeCesaris’s retirement and the appointments of Mr. Fox and Mr. Park, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01 – Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit No.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

W. P. Carey Inc.
November 3, 2017
/s/ Susan C. Hyde
Susan C. Hyde
Chief Administrative Officer